Toasty and plum nose, with a very dark fruit profile. Palate is accessible and lush, almost soft, with subtle tannin in the background. Moderate toasty finish. Seems to be well integrated at this point and didn't get the sense this will add much with further age. No reason to hold (but no rush to drink). Really softened since my last bottle 5yrs ago.
I drank this wine over a period of about 5 hours. During the first hour, the wine was slightly closed. That being said, it was still exceptional. As time went by, it became extraordinary. I would say that it needs about an hour or so in the decanter to fully develop. During that first hour, every pour kept getting better and better. Five hours in, the wine was reaching its end. Upon release, the color was more violet. When I opened it, it had evolved into a light/watery rim, which changes to a lighter purple/dark red towards the middle of the glass. There is also a slight sign of aging towards the rim although this was barely noticeable. I would say that the wine is just not as deep purple as it was upon release. The nose is beautiful! I get some lush blueberry or blackberry dessert – maybe like blueberry pie. There is some dark cherry. There were also some forest floor/wet earth aromas. There was also a bit of tobacco, vanilla, and dark chocolate. On the palate, the wine was very similar to the nose. The major difference came from the fact that on the palate the ripe berries were much more noticeable which made the tobacco/vanilla/chocolate harder to discern. There was definitely a bit of minerality as well. The wine was quite luscious and opulent. It was smooth and had a medium-long finish. Tannins are in balance with the acidity, which I like. I am still kind of surprised at the fact that the tannins are still quite present. I did not peg this wine as a long-term ager but I am starting to think that it could have lasted at least until 2020. I believe, however, that it is currently in its optimal drinking window. Perhaps I could have waited another year or so but not much more than that. Overall, this wine was beautiful! I would not hesitate to open a bottle now if you have some but I think it will still get better over the upcoming year.
We had a couple bottles of this at Lucca at the Boca Resort. Tasty stuff. Very secondary - leather, tart, dried bing cherry. Very potent tannins that made me think this is something that wasn't going to age in a coordinated fashion. Delicious tonight with the osso bucco.
A good solid 2. wine from San Guido. Pleasent with no edges , a mix of the french grapes. We got a Le Serre Nuove 08 at the same time and it won with 6 more points...... I will at any time prefer the Nuove from Ornellaia.
Pleasing nose with soft red fruits and hints of blackberry. On the palate, bright cherry with tart blackberry and hints of leather. Nice balanced finish ableit a little soft. Seems to be in a pretty good place. Drink or hold over the short term.
This needed a good hour to open. This had a beautiful balance of fruit, acid and tannins. Medium body and dark fruits that finished so smooth. Not as modern as the Crognolo served along side. I love the 2007 Sassicaia and I`m glad to see the Guidalberto is a beauty as well. I think this will be better in a year or two.
Friday Night Double Blind Tasting $40+ (Roswell, GA): Darker core with bricking; stank, ripe, nori, red and dark berry like the nose, rich mouthfeel with soft tannin, dark ripe cranberry, some tartness, some VA, currant, texture is great; was picking up on a maritime influence so I called Musar- off again.
Nice red fruits, plenty of tannins and acid to go on for years. Well balanced. Nothing distracting. Touch of floral note. Not sure if I couldn't have gotten the same qualities in a lesser priced wine. Paid $49.
Well I have heard people say 'the nose was like blueberry cobble or pie'. Well I now can say I experience the sensation. Beautiful nose of not just blueberry cobbler but also a myriad of red fruit. Deep purple in color and rich mouth feel. Truly a beautiful wine. Wish I had more to watch it evolve over the years. Well integrated tannins, balance and good acidity.
Friday Night Double Blind Tasting $40+ (Bin 75): Dark core but not exactly opaque; sulfur, Brett, purple flowers; raspberry, tart fruit, berry, good freshness; this didn't really make sense to me; pretty but lacked the power you'd expect; I was in Priorat.
After the Tig, this feels flabby and soft. Popped and poured, nice nose of currants, sour cherry, plum, and mocha. On the palate rich and full with currants, plum, spice, and vanilla. Decent finish, really rounding into shape.
A dark brooding nose of blackberry compote and lavender which follows through on the palate with good acidity and a plush mouthfeel of ripe blue and blackberries, leather, spice and a lingering dried herbal note on the finish. A very well made second wine that is drinking marvelously at present!
Dark garnet color , very expressive nose , left bank bordeaux typical nose , cassis , dark fruit , earth , tobacco , on the palate gentle , soft and resolved tannins , medium bodied , just not so long on the finish like I would expect
Dark color to the rim. Great nose of black fruit. Matured tannins and acidity with great tobacco, dark chocolate, chocolate raisins on the nose and palate. Excellent balance. Reminds me somewhat of the Barrua from Sardegna which has some of the raisin amorone component. Excellent and in a good place. 5+ years left.
Dark magenta color. Pretty nose of ripe dark cherries, coffee and melted chocolate notes wrapped around grilled peppers and black pepper. A subtle whiff of rose petals rounds it out. Black cherry, plum and cocoa on the palate. A pleasant bitterness on the finish. Sweet, granular tannins. Nice acidity and balance. Drinking beautifully now and should improve over next 3 years. Very enjoyable wine.
Popped and poured. Hard to evaluate at this stage. Has a nice nose of red fruit, leather, spice, anise, and black cherry. On the palate, seems very walled off, not a lot of fruit there, but there is some serious stuff lurking inside. Finishes with stern tannins and nice lift. Drink with a long decant or continue to hold.
France in Italy me thinks. Wonderful blend of cab and merlot. The nose is very expressive, huge. It has finesse and charm, yet power. Tannins are pronounced, yet well integrated. Blackberry jam on the palette. For a second wine, this is disgracefully good. My last bottle, sniff.
This continues to drink very well. To me, it's tell tale IGT with nice cherry, chocolate, and leather flavors, but it has that Italian "funk" and a very nice dried herb component. Pretty nose and lovely finish. In this price class, I think this is one of the best wines one can buy in this style.
Gave it 3 hours in a decanter. This has loads of sediments, so it must be decanted, not only for the airing.
So why is it every time I feed Iren a supertuscan blind she goes crazy with joy? I'll tell you why; it's because they're awesome, and this particular specimen of noble grape nectar is an absolute stunner. This settles it, this summer we're going to Bolgheri!
I liked this bottle. Ripe red fruited profile with foresty floor and earthiness. A touch of sour cherry but not distracting. Mid palate with a touch thin. Solid acid and tannin requiring time to smooth and integrate but nice with Wagyu porterhouse tonight.
Decanted for about an hour before drinking with pasta & four cheese tomato sauce. Aroma of cranberry and tart cherry. Taste has the similar fruit, along with some strawberry and some earthiness. Has some light tannins, but feels a bit thin during the mid-palate. Had this before at tastings and had enjoyed it more before. Definitely worked better with food, not unlike most Italian wines.
Notes of black cherries, forest floor, and wild mushroom. Very aromatic. On the palate, crushed berries, cherry liquor, and truffles mix with medium tannins. There's a touch of heat on the finish at this point, but this is drinking very nicely.
Second wine by San Guido which in 2007 was in top form. opened 1,5 hours in advance and areated. Served at 18 C°
Color: Ruby , medium legs Nose: Opening of black berry and lavender with a good minerality following close by, humid earth, tar, liquorice closing with moka. medium to long finish. The wood is present but not disturbing... it is not there to hide faults. Mouth: good acidity and medium tannins, very soft on the palate.
A mix of Cab and Merlot where the latter is more dominating. Not over complex but with many nuances evolving during the tasting. Probably the best Guidalberto so far imho. An outstanding wine for sure.
Still a deep purple. I haven't touched my store of these for a couple of years and think I might comfortably wait 2-3 more before trying the next bottle. It smells Tuscan to me at least and tastes of black fruit - blackcurrants probably - with a great length. Tannins are rounded and the acidity is pronounced but not invasive.
Needs to breathe a lot. Nose of red cherry and forest berries, slightly acidic. Full bodied, tannic and lots of sweet fruit. Black cherry, blueberry and strawberry. Unfortunately, too much oak and not sufficiently pronounced length. May become better with age, but could as well become boring if it loses its edge.
needs more time in the cellar - opened up a bit after several hours into a very friendly taste of cherries and oaky vanilla. Not so much classic Italian as more of a backward California Cab feel to it...
If one were to engage in a blind tasting of a random merlot based wine produced by Tenuta San Guido and a random malbec produced by some crappy Argentine vineyard, it would be normal to say “why are you blindfolding me and making me drink this crappy malbec?” Then one would say “why are you blindfolding me and not letting me know what this fabulous Tuscan merlot is?” Nonetheless, the merlot based Guidalberto will taste infinitely better than a crappy Malbec. The 2007 show elements of dark red cherry, sweet fruit, and yummy dark red cherry. Give this a few years and it will still be much, much, much better than that crappy malbec you were forced to drink with a blindfold on.
Very well made blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this wine still manages to retain its Tuscan pedigree, with very high acidity and minerality. From the coastal region of Bolgheri, this is the Marchesi Incisa della Rocchetta's second wine. It gets the Cabernet grapes that don't make it into the Sassicaia, and is relatively a much better value. This is a chewy, full-bodied wine, which sees a fair dose of new oak. It is nicely balanced and elegant and is likely to improve with several more years of bottle aging. (I realize this is the opposite of what I said in my 2009 tasting note, and all I can think of is that in 2009 I had it as part of a meal, rather than in a formal tasting setting.) WS 92
Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto 2007. Great bottle. Nose crushed raspberry and cassis. Inital, strong cherry and cassis. Cherry is very pure and dominate. A tad bit of creme with a slighty hot finish. Bottle is still very young tight. Tannins are strong, but still sweet. Great Acidity, and given 4-6 years should be a stunner in time. $28.88 JJBuckley insider, 2nd wine of Sassicia. Although clearly not in the same class as its big brother as tasted last month at Stately Wayne Manor, given the price difference of $150, this is steal and I will be buying a case tomorrow
Completely shut down on day 1, no change after an hour in the glass--poured back in the bottle for day 2. Day 2, closed nose but getting some currants with floral highlights, with mocha and flint. Ripe red fruits on the palate, with strong acidity. Lengthy mocha and toasty finish, with pure cassis hanging on. This is really built for the long haul. Needs lots of time. Hold. Impressive for it's refinement and focus.
Ottimo. Vino veramente vitale e brillante, a mio avviso tra le migliori versioni recenti del Guidalberto. Da questo prestazione mi sembra di intuire che il 2007 sia stata davvero un ottima annata per la Tenuta San Guido e per il comprensorio di Bolgheri.
Did not find anything outstanding about this wine. I found the alcohol content high and the fruit slightly overpowered. Perhaps it would have been better in a few years...but for the money, I think I would go elsewhere next time. I think this is trading off of the Sassacaia name of its big brother. Nevertheless, I would still consider this to be very good but not a good value.
i love seeing the community average pricing listed, and then compare to our market. per usual, we are screwed: $40 to $56. so many wines show like this one, i.e. too much oak, too overextracted. if they could just dial it back a little. would it kill a winery to take decent fruit like this, and try to make a more nuanced, balanced wine? parkerized for your pleasure. bleh!
Very elegant blend of Cabernet and Merlot. Medium-bodied, with muted tannins , it is drinking exceptionally well now and is not likely to improve too much more with aging. International in style, the only clue that it is from Tuscany or Italy is the pleasing acidity and dryness on the finish. Very food friendly but approachable by the glass too.
Young, primary and exuberant with flashy currant, plum and violet flavors that are accented by notes of sandalwood and rose petal. Soft and drinking well early, with medium to full body, and sweet, polished tannins.
Deep, dark color. Quite rich on the palate with lovely if rustic cassis and dark cherry fruit flavors. Finishes with nice complexity and fullness. This was a real crowd-pleaser at a closing dinner at Il Buco in NYC.
Deep purple in colour - very youthful; Super concentrated fruit on the nose - very claret like with black pepper and licorice notes; Extracted concentrated fruits on the palate and a strong note of classy oak on the finish which is quite heady. Some prominent tannins on the second taste. Ageworthy - will need considerable aging. A further tasting might merit a higher score.